Dr. Bitna Kim

  • Bitna KimProfessor and PhD Coordinator

    Office: Wilson Hall, Room 205

    Office Phone: 724-357-5933

    Email:  Bitna.Kim@iup.edu


    PhD Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, 2008
    MA Psychology, Chung-buk National University, South Korea, 2001
    BA Psychology, Chung-buk National University, South Korea, 1999

    Areas of Interest

    • International and Comparative Criminology
    • Evidence-Based Crime Prevention Practice and Meta-Analysis 
    • Rape; Intimate Partner Homicide; Domestic Violence; Prison Rape
    • Partnerships in Criminal Justice Systems: Police, Community Corrections,
      Mental Health Professionals, Researchers
    • Campus Carry Gun and School Violence

    Recent Publications

    Michele Bratina, Kelly Oarrero, Bitna Kim and Alida Merlo (Forthcomping), “Crisis Intervention Team Training: When Police Encounter Persons with Mental Illness,” Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2018.1484290.

    Bitna Kim and Adam Matz. (2018)The Reality of Partnership: Formal Collaborations Between Law Enforcement and Community Corrections Ages in Pennsylvania,” Policing and Society, 28(8), 947-967.

    Bitna Kim, Alida Merlo, and Chunghyeon Seo (2018), “Internationality of Women Specialty Journals: Content Analysis and Survey of Editors,” Asian Journal of Criminology, 13(3), 231-249.

    Bitna Kim and Jurg Gerber. (2018), “Revisiting Police-Adult Probation Partnerships in Texas: Troubling Signs,” Police Quarterly. 21(3), 309-334.

    Bitna Kim, Jurg Gerber, Yeonghee Kim and Matthew Hassett. (2018), “Female-Perpetrated Homicide in South Korea: A Homicide Typology,” Deviant Behavior, 39(8), 1042-1057.

    Bitna Kim, Jurg Gerber, and Yeonghee Kim. (2018), “Does the Victim-Offender Relationship Matter? Exploring the Sentencing of Female Homicide Offenders,” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 62(4), 898-914.

    Bitna Kim (2018), “Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis in Criminology and Criminal Justice: Research Trends and Application in America,” The official Letter of Korean Institute of Criminology, 148. 11-16.

    Recent Grants

    Fall 2018 to Spring 2019: Co-Investigator “Receptivity to Empirical Research and Evidence-Based Practice: Leaders in Community Corrections in Pennsylvania” Senate Fellowship, IUP (Co-investigator, Daniel Lee)

    2018: Co-investigator “Meta-Analysis of Poverty Concentration, Public Housing Policies and Crime” Korean Institute of Criminology (KIC), South Korea.

    2016 to 2018: Data Analyst “Franklin/Fulton County Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention Program: Crisis Intervention Team Data/Research Collections” Human Services Block Grant, Funded by Franklin County Commission (Primary Investigator, Dr. Michele Bratina)

    Recently Invited Scholarly Presentations

    “Prison Staff Working with Women Prisoners” Training on the Management of Women Prisoners for Senior Correctional Staff in the ASEAN Region. The Thailand Institute of Justice, Bangkok, Thailand. (December 20, 2018)

    “Crime Management: Implications for Crisis-Disaster Management” National Crisis and Emergency Research Institute, South Korea (January 9, 2019)

    Recent Awards and Distinctions

    2018 Outstanding Mentor Award, Academy of Criminal Justice Science (ACJS)

    2018 Honor of International PhD Graduate contributing to American universities - Research, Sam Houston State University, Texas

    Current Leadership

    • American Society of Criminology (ASC)
      Executive Counselor, International Division (Elected, 2017-2019)
    • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
      Chair, Deputy Chair, Awards Committee, 2019/2020
    • Crime and Justice Research Alliance (CJRA)
      Policy Expert
    • Korean Society of Criminology in American (KOSCA)
      Executive Director (2018-2019)
      Chair, Division of Women and Gender, 2019
    • Korean Association for Crisis and Emergency Management
      Chair, International Division, 2019


    Professor Kim joined the IUP faculty in 2008. She is the co-director of Center for Research in Criminology at IUP.